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Keansburg Boardwalk, After Sandy Blew Through [VIDEO]

Images of the legendary boardwalk, captured Tuesday when the winds stopped blowing.

Hours after Hurricane Sandy blew through Jersey, Debbie Busse of West Keansburg grabbed her dog, camera and son and went to investigate the Keansburg Amusement Park.

"I had heard Keansburg had washed away and I had to go see," said Busse. "It's where I grew up. I have pictures of me on those rides, from when I was young. And I have pictures of my kids on those same rides."

At first glance, it was a scene too chaotic to digest. She said she felt "thrown off" by the disarray. Bumper cars had traveled down the boardwalk. The Tilt-a-Whirl cars had spun across the asphalt courtyard. The arcades were caked with slimy, slippery beach muck.

Instead of the smells of Villa Pizza, french fries with vinegar or zeppoles, the wind carried a muddy odor of decay. The Beachway buzz was gone, and instead there was a strange stillness. 

As she walked along Beachway, she and her son Brian peered into the abandoned arcades where some of the prizes had miraculously survived. They saw an adult man, arms full, carrying boxes of prizes like appliances. He told them, with the heavy hint of conspiracy, 'There's stuff on the shelves, if you want it.'" 

The boardwalk area has since been closed off by police. 

"For people around here, this place holds so many memories, and now they're all washed away," said Busse. 

Jacqueline Kidd November 06, 2012 at 12:39 AM
I grew up in Hazlet but spent a lot of time with friends at Keansburg boardwalk. I remember specifically the last time I was there. I remember playing some games in the arcade. I miss Keansburg and I miss my hometown. I know that they will rebuild. I live in Pa now and although I cannot volunteer, I have already donated money. Stay NJ Strong, you guys!!! I love NJ!!
Elise Greco November 06, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Chrissi, It's Elise. Are you all ok? Been worried about Alice. Couldn't get in touch. Please email me @ ejgfly@hotmail.com. Thanks...So glad to come across your post!
Elise Greco November 06, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I spent many summer weekends on the boardwalk in the 60's. My great uncle owned the carousel (my dad made candy in the candy shop). My other uncle was the captain of the City of Keansbug. Needless to say I have many great memories and am sad to see all of the destruction.
stacy echavarria November 06, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Many many great memories on this boardwalk....it truely breaks my heart to see the devestation....I'm forever changed...they may rebuild but it will never. Look the same!!!! I was raised in keansburg n will always remember the old walk
andy wojsiechowski November 09, 2012 at 04:29 AM
I cant believe what has happened at the boardwalk , My kids use to go there every summer till we moved to california in 1994 but have alway come there every year to visit family friends and the boardwalk. they must rebuild ,,, jolly jake was my favorite play it !!! Andy Wojciechowski

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